Jaco Huisman completed his M.Sc. in chemical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in 1999 and his PhD in 2003 at Delft University of Technology. His PhD thesis focused on how to look at the recycling of electronic products with an environmental and eco-efficiency lens, which is still highly relevant and cited today. Since 2004 he runs his own consultancy company, OsevenfortytwO, where he gives advice to a large number of producers, national take-back systems, governments and recyclers in Europe, the US and China to improve eco-efficiency operations, waste policies, system organization and product design. Since 2003 he has also continued his work as an Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology teaching one day per week on product recycling and environmental assessment.
Since 2006 Jaco is the Scientific Adviser to the SCYCLE operating unit of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and focuses his activities on electronics recycling in a global context. He leads the UNU-IAS Electronics Recycling Group and co-coordinates Task Force Capacity Building of the UNU-hosted Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative. In this role he is responsible for a large international project to further quantify the e-waste amounts and problems worldwide in cooperation with key research institutes and universities, primarily in Europe, China, the US and the Middle East. Jaco is also leading various international research projects related to “e-waste” and was the lead author of the UNU study supporting the European Commission’s 2008 Review of the European rules for electronics recycling.